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Moby Dick Big Read

I willing to wager that a fare number of people working in the marine mammal field have not read or were able to finish reading Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. There’s a reason for that – it’s not the easiest of reads, even when you love the subject matter. I also think many of us regard…

Japan's whalers getting desperate about whale meat mountain

It seems that the Japanese Government and the Institute of Cetacean Research is getting desperate in its attempts to prove that their so-called ‘scientific whaling’ is more than an ongoing exercise in self-preservation. Having suffered campaigns to end sales of whale meat on online stores by intermediaries the Government is going digital in order to…

Opposition mounts to Georgia proposal to import belugas

It seems the statements of the US National Aquarium and Merlin Entertainments against the proposed import of belugas by the Georgia Aquarium are creating quite a stir. In the past the display industry has seemed to hold its tongue even when some may have disagreed with what colleagues in the industry were up to, but…

Japan's monies for whaling

The recent reports on accusations that monies designated for tsunami reconstruction have been misspent should not come as a shock. But what is really more shocking is the Japanese media’s previous indifference to the story. I say we should be shocked, but should we really? A Japanese press that has been unwilling, except in some…

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Scientist Statement Opposing the Beluga Imports by the Georgia Aquarium

Marine mammal scientist, including WDC, jointly submitted comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recommending the denial of Georgia Aquarium’s application for authorization to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales into the US for public display. Here is a summary of the submitted comments:We object to the Georgia Aquarium’s permit application on the grounds that…

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How does blubber keep whales warm?

To follow up on our whale adaptations series this blog post will focus on how whales, as warm-blooded mammals, can stay warm while living in water—especially cold-water environments. Just like us, whales are mammals and maintain a steady internal body temperature regardless of their environment. In fact, their body temperature is close to our own—varying…